Losing your job can be tough – and finding a new one can be even tougher. But we can help, with Wisconsin-based resources and support for whatever step you're on. You can start at the beginning or jump ahead to where you are in the process.
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At a time like this, it's normal to be overwhelmed, confused and afraid. Losing a job can have a huge impact on your life – down to even your most basic needs, like food, housing, health insurance and happiness. We're here to help. This section provides you with resources, tips and instructions on how to get through this tough time – so you can concentrate on looking for a new job.
Worrying about making ends meet? You're not alone.
For most people, that's the biggest source of stress after a job loss. That's why we've pulled from the best advice, tips and resources to help you – and your budget.
Navigating the unemployment benefit process can be extremely confusing, so we've provided some clear answers to the basic questions.
Are you struggling to make ends meet? Confused about which assistance programs you qualify for? This resource guide includes links to the top, local assistance programs that can help you while you search for a new job.
One of the other devastating effects of job loss can be the loss of your health insurance. In addition to the pressure of making ends meet, weighing health insurance options can be confusing and overwhelming – especially considering that health care is now required by law. The good news is that there are several resources and programs available to you.
You are not alone.
The long days searching for jobs. The long nights worrying about bills. Being without work can feel hopeless, frustrating and lonely. But no matter what you're feeling – sadness, surprise, anger, relief, embarrassment – it is best to take some time to address those emotions prior to putting yourself back on the job market.
Before you move on to the next major section, please make sure you've spent time within each area listed above, including Emotional Support. The reason this is so critical is simple: You won't be able to focus on job hunting if you are worried about paying bills, confused about health insurance or still dealing with your emotions.
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Take a Closer Look
Now that you've addressed your basic needs, it's time to focus on your job hunt. But before you begin searching for the same type of job you previously held, now's the perfect time to take a good look at your career, skills and education.
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After a job loss, it's natural to start searching for job postings exactly like the job you once held. But now is actually the best time to take a closer look at your career, skills, interests and strengths – and determine if a career shift is your best path at this time.
Whether you're continuing the career path you were on before your job loss, or taking this opportunity to explore a new career, it's always best to evaluate your skills.
After evaluating their skills and interests, many people decide that returning to school is the best option for them. This is a great career boost for some, but it may not be for everyone. Your local technical college offers career counseling right from the beginning to help you make the right choice.
You're ready. You've addressed your basic needs, taken a closer look at your career and developed a plan. Now it's time to take action. Let's start by finding the right opportunities.
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